A Larger Life, an independent film written and directed by Cedartown attorney Bill Lundy, premiered to a packed house at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema this month.
The film tells the story of a small town lawyer, with a comfortable small town life, undertaking the biggest case of his career against corporate defendants that never lose.
A Larger Life was inspired by actual events, including a jury trial that resulted in Georgia’s largest nursing home malpractice verdict in 2011. Lundy, the senior partner at Cedartown’s Parker and Lundy law firm, led a three-lawyer trial team that obtained the record verdict.
Members of Georgia’s legal community, Georgia Supreme Court justices, judges with the Georgia Court of Appeals, and a of number Georgia legislators attended the screening. Additionally, professionals within Georgia’s film industry and local actors and actresses from Cedartown were in attendance.
The premiere was organized and sponsored by the Georgia Trial Lawyers’ Association. GTLA president Linley Jones explains that, “A Larger Life powerfully portrays the compelling truth about our modern justice system and those who are served by it.”
Joe Leman, a Dalton attorney who attended the premiere, agrees. According to Leman, “This movie captures the reality and emotion of the country lawyer while at the same time humanizing the profession. The best portrayal of the profession of law, rather than the business of law, since Atticus Finch.”
For his part, Lundy was humbled by the audience’s reception, and the standing ovation that the film received. During a question and answer session following the screening, Lundy explained “I set out to tell a story that, long after I’m gone, would allow my great-grandchildren to see what our lives were like in Cedartown. I’m very proud of the result and pleased that so many people can watch this film and see the great things that people accomplish in small towns.”
Lundy also expressed his gratitude for the cooperation he received in making the film.
“Making this film was really a community project. The Cedartown city commissioners, Polk County commissioners, Cedartown police and fire departments, our Superior Court Judges Mike Murphy and Richard Sutton, Eulalie and Don Wilson, Vickie Bradshaw, Frank Burgess, and so many of our wonderful citizens of Cedartown helped to make this an incredibly rewarding project,” said Lundy.
Lundy also thanked well-known film and television actor Fred Thompson – himself an attorney – for travelling to Cedartown to film scenes crucial to the film.